Best dummies for newborns and babies 2022

We've done the research and found the best dummies for newborns and older babies

Best dummies for newborns and babies 2021

by Sophie Knight |

Whether your baby doesn't quite sleep through the night or you want a little extra calm and quiet one day, sometimes a mobile or teddy bear just doesn't cut it. Dummies can be perfectly non-harmful soothers for your baby or newborn, and they'll also help to satisfy their sucking instinct.

It's not easy to choose the best dummy for your newborn or baby - who knows what their opinions are when they're that small? Plus, if your baby is breastfeeding, it's important to choose a type of dummy that is best suited to them.

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In a hurry? Here are the best dummies for newborns and babies at a glance

Editor's pick: MAM Night Soothers

Best for newborns: Philips Avent Soothie Pacifier | NUK Genius Soothers

Best for breastfed babies: Chicco Physio Soft Soother | Tommee Tippee Breast-Like Dummy

Best for older babies: Tommee Tippee Night Time Glow in the Dark Soothers

Best natural dummy: BiBS Colour Soother

Best for nose room: MAM Start Soothers 0-2 Months

Sucking is an instinct for all newborns and babies, and if you're breastfeeding then you'll want to find a dummy that has a similar texture to your nipples.

Sometimes babies can suffer from 'nipple confusion', as they struggle to switch from a dummy back to your nipple and vice-versa. If this is the case, try a breast pump to see how your baby adapts.

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Orthodontic vs. regular dummies

Orthodontic dummies claim to have less impact on the development of your babies first teeth. They are flatter and shaped to encourage your little one to suck in the same way as when they're breastfeeding.

Most lactation consultants recommend a round cherry teat found in regular dummies. This is because it’s the same shape as a mother’s nipple, and will be less likely to cause nipple confusion in breastfed babies.

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We'd recommend a regular dummy until the age of six months, and then a switch to orthodontic dummies after, as they are less likely to cause teeth problems later on.

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All of these dummies have been hand-selected by What's The Best shopping experts. Our team has spent hours investigating and researching, so you can choose the best one for your child. Plus, we'd never recommend a product we don't believe in. Find out why you should trust us here.

Dummy FAQs:

How do you choose a newborn dummy?

Check the material - Dummies need to be made from latex, and be BPA & phthalate-free.

Taste and odour - Dummies should be taste-free and odourless.

Size and shape - Dummies should be sized and shaped for your baby's mouth.

Age range - Always check the advised age range before you purchase a dummy.

Obstructions - Ensure the dummy leaves your baby's nose free and unobstructed.

British Dental Health Foundation - It's best to choose a dummy approved by the British Dental Health Foundation to ensure you purchase a safe and certified product.

How to use a baby dummy safely:

Most experts advise starting using a dummy only after the baby is at least one month old and preferably getting them used to it when your baby is feeding well.

Don’t give a dummy dipped in sweet foods, like honey or fruit juice.

Try to use an orthodontic or flat dummy; some pieces of evidence show that they are better for tooth development.

Don’t force your baby to use a dummy; if they don't want it, let it be.

If you're breastfeeding, try not to use a newborn dummy until about six weeks; this gives your newborn time to settle into suckling on your nipples properly and to get your milk production at the right levels.

Can babies sleep with a dummy?

Yes - that's the short answer.

Always make sure not to tie the dummy to your baby with strings or ribbons which could get tangled around them, and never dip it in sugar or foods of any kind.

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Should I give my baby a dummy?

Well, that's completely up to you. There are pros and cons to using a newborn dummy, but as with all aspects of parenting, choose what suits you and your baby best.

Pros to using a baby dummy:

Baby soothers do exactly that - they soothe a baby and provide comfort to newborns. The suckling impulse is strong and important for calming a baby, and a dummy can give that comfort.

They can provide some protection against SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).

Using a dummy to comfort a baby can give you a rest from constant rocking and cuddling your baby, if you need a break or do some jobs/chores.

A newborn dummy can soothe a baby off to sleep.

Cons to using a baby dummy:

They need sterilising regularly.

You need to check for damage and cracking regularly, and replace them if they have damage.

If your baby loses dummies often, dropping them out of the pram or leaving them at friends/family's houses, you will need to think about the cost of regularly replacing them.

Sophie Knight is the Editor of WhatsTheBest and Contributing Editor for Mother&Baby, Closer, Heat, Yours and Empire websites.

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